May Week 1
Hello everyone! Welcome to May’s Learning Together! Like always, you are invited to listen and read and create and pray around one particular story. May’s story is called “A New Way to See” and is found on pages 334-341 of your copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
Children: Listen to the story read aloud to you in our Learning Together email. As you listen, you may want to follow along in your own book and look at the pictures. Of course, all members of your family are encouraged to listen and look together!
When we meet Saul, he was a wicked man because, although he TRULY believed in God, he did NOT believe that Jesus was the Rescuer, and he did NOT believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. He was very angry with the people who DID believe those things, so he took a job which put him in charge of arresting and even killing Jesus’s helpers (also called Christian people)! He sure did need a new way to see!!
After thinking about the story, you may want to ask questions or make comments and post them to this blog. Pastor Mary will respond to all.
Adults: The story of Saul is referenced Biblical in Acts 6-9, 12-28, Colossians 2, Romans 8, and Ephesians 2. Transformation … It’s fascinating, whether we are watching tadpoles and caterpillars or seeds and plants. What an amazing miracle that God can do such wonderful things … and that He can transform our lives, as well! In Saul, we will take a look at a character in the Bible whose life was radically changed. Through Paul’s conversion and work, we see that anyone can be changed and used to serve God.
How did Paul’s work affect the Church? Well, up to this point, the only people in the Church were Jewish people. In Acts, Peter shows God’s hand in the conversion of Gentiles. Paul went on to become perhaps the most influential and important figure of the church spread and the new faith. Gentile conversions brought change and the Church experienced great growth.
~This week’s prayer: We humbly ask God to help us to trust Him when change happens in our lives.
This month of May will be our Sunday School’s last Learning Together set of lessons and fourth Sunday gatherings before summer’s break. September will see our return!
Enjoy your week,